At Lee Dentistry, we provide cosmetic dental care for patients throughout the Silver Spring, MD area. If you are looking for a local dentist that can transform your smile and restore your confidence, call 301-605-1123 to schedule an appointment. We will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays, and discuss the goals you have for your smile. These appointments are an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you and to learn more about your lifestyle. The more we know, the better recommendations we can make regarding what type of dental work you should consider. Many patients do not realize that there are several ways to address even the most common aesthetic and health issues. This means there is no one-size-fits-all answer in cosmetic dental care, but rather, customized solutions for your particular needs.
Here are a few such solutions Dr. Lee may discuss during your consultation.
Dental crowns are an excellent restorative solution. A crown is a ceramic cap. Each one is made after taking an impression and measurements of the teeth. It is designed to blend in with your surrounding teeth, and once placed, it prevents anything from directly touching the tooth. Since a crown is a cap, it is commonly used to protect teeth that have suffered from erosion or are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. A crown can also correct common aesthetic problems by closing gaps in between teeth, changing the shape and size of teeth, covering dark stains, and making teeth appear to be straighter. Crowns are long-lasting with an average lifespan of fifteen years or longer, making them incredibly popular. Before they can be placed, the tooth has to be prepared. When you visit our Silver Spring dental office, we will remove a portion of the enamel from around your tooth so the crown can surround it without making the tooth overly large. A temporary crown will then be attached using water-based glue, and when the final crown is ready, you will come back in to have it bonded in place. Once done, your tooth will be fully functional and beautiful.
If you are missing one or several teeth, dental bridges are an ideal solution for replacing them. For this procedure to work, you need to have remaining healthy teeth that can serve as anchors for the bridge. A bridge is secured by placing dental crowns on the two teeth surrounding the missing one. These crowns hold the bridge and new tooth in place. Those suffering from major tooth loss may not be a good candidate for dental bridges, since healthy, natural teeth are required to hold it in place. Otherwise, they are a good non-surgical solution for tooth loss and can look completely natural when prepared by an experienced cosmetic dentist. If you live in the 20902 area and are tired of wearing dentures or are considering tooth replacement options, we invite you to call 301-605-1123 to learn more.
At Lee Dentistry, we often discuss the benefits of dental implants with our patients. It is important to deal with tooth loss immediately, because once the tooth and root are gone, the jawbone will no longer receive stimulation from that area. This is problematic because without the stimulation, the body begins to think the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to leach calcium from it. This process of resorption can lead to devastating changes in the face, giving off a sunken appearance. Dental implants are the best solution for preventing this, because an implant replaces both the tooth and root. In this procedure, a titanium rod is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. The bone and metal will fuse together through the process of osseointegration, and once complete, a new tooth can be secured to the post. The result is a tooth that looks, feels, and behaves entirely natural. If you lead an active lifestyle and do not want to be constrained by tooth loss, dental implants are the best option for you. If you live in Silver Spring, MD, you have access to skilled dental care, and we recommend that you call 301-605-1123 to learn more about this innovative procedure.
One of the most common dental procedures is the placing of dental veneers. This type of cosmetic dental care is popular because of the variety of issues that can be corrected. A veneer is a thin shell bonded to the surface of the tooth. Only a small portion of the enamel needs to be removed prior to doing so, making veneers less invasive than placing dental crowns. Veneers are known to create beautiful smiles for everyone, from celebrities to college students, brides, and grandparents. We encourage you to call 301-605-1123 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee to learn more about this option.
An important part of cosmetic dental care is straightening teeth. We have a variety of solutions that can change the appearance of teeth to make them look straighter. Most of these do not, however, actually straighten the teeth. Invisalign® is a procedure that involves wearing clear aligners that have been custom created to address your specific dental challenges. By wearing each Invisalign® aligner for two weeks, your teeth will move that much closer to being straight. Many people in Silver Spring enjoy this solution because the aligners are nearly invisible.
Professional Teeth Whitening
At Lee Dentistry, we recommend professional teeth whitening as one of the first procedures you try. By whitening your teeth, you can remove signs of aging, along with any stains. This treatment can be completed right away, and you will see quality results that you can be immediately be proud of for your smile. While store-bought whitening kits work, they provide a less dramatic result and take longer to work, making our solution the preferred option among our patients.
To learn more about cosmetic dental care and which options would be best for you, call 301-605-1123 to schedule an appointment with our 20902 dental office.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of dental terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s oral care guide. 2015
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